Ericsson rehires LIME staff

Fears that LIME staff would be laid off when Ericsson took over the service’s operations have been put to rest, with the company saying it has already employed 45 people locally.

Julie Hutton, spokeswoman for LIME, said the agreement between LIME and Ericsson saw 39 members of LIME’s Service Support and Delivery team separating from the company but “all of the impacted LIME employees had the opportunity to reapply for roles with Ericsson.”

Ericsson spokeswoman Karina Martini said of the 39 LIME employees, 38 had applied for positions.

“We offered employment to all 38, however, 37 accepted,” Ms. Martini said.

“Additional to this, we offered the opportunity for nine temporary LIME employees to apply for positions in Ericsson, of these eight employees accepted permanent employment with us.”

Ericsson and LIME will work together to help improve service to the Cayman Islands.

Head of Managed Services, Ericsson Latin America and Caribbean, Gustavo Araujo Andrade said the company was excited to have launched its managed services business in the Cayman Islands.

“We are delighted with the quality of the skilled workforce available and the pro-business environment here in the Cayman Islands,” Mr. Andrade said.

“We believe we will contribute to the development and growth of a telecom services ecosystem in the Caribbean, generating more jobs and socio-economic development. In the Caribbean region, we have implemented high-performance operations based on our global best practices, and proven processes and tools, while at the same time invested in training for those new to the Ericsson team.”

A statement from Ericsson said operators around the world were moving to managed service contracts with partners that could manage complexity effectively, and assume responsibility for operating and managing their networks.

LIME currently has 92 employees in the Cayman Islands.